Species: Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca)

Family: Old World Flycatchers (MUSCICAPIDAE)

Category: Birds

Location: Widespread

A. Birds

More extensive information on birds can be found in a separate blog post.

B. Old World Flycatchers (MUSCICAPIDAE)

Old world flycatchers are a large family of passerine (perching) birds. They are mostly insectivorous and eat on the wing, as the name suggests.

Most flycatchers in Europe and Asia are migratory, leaving their northern breeding grounds for the winter months to find insects in the warmer south. Patterns of migration are evolving, with birds not moving so far south, and a few individuals even overwintering on their breeding grounds.

C. Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca)

The Pied Flycatcher is a rather striking bird in its breeding plumage with white underparts, black and white wings, and a distinct white spot on the forehead. Outside the breeding season, it is a duller-looking bird whose black parts have become brown, and whose white parts have lost their brightness. They prefer mature woodlands.

This bird averages 13 centimetres in length and has a wingspan of 22 centimetres. It arrives in Britain in April and departs in September. It winters in tropical Africa, but breeds here and in Europe.

The Pied Flycatcher has a conservation status of AMBER because of recent population declines, with an estimated 25,000 breeding pairs in Britain.

The Pied Flycatcher is listed on the IUCN Birds of Conservation Concern: Amber List. It is also on the Sussex Notable Bird List

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Pied Flycatcher

The Pied Flycatcher is a rather striking bird in its breeding plumage with white underparts, black and white wings, and a distinct white spot on the forehead. Outside the breeding season, it is a duller-looking bird whose black parts have become brown, and whose white parts have lost their brightness. They prefer mature woodlands.